Frankfort High defeated Franklin County 66-45 Monday night at F.D. Wilkinson Gym, but this was a game that might have been won during the offseason.
The Panthers and Flyers played even for most of the first half, but FHS proved to be stronger down the stretch.
"We have got to get stronger or we aren't going to be a good team," Franklin County coach Lewis Morris said. "They used their meat tonight and just took it away from us. It's a concern for us because this day and age, you can't be physically weaker than your opponent."
Frankfort coach Scott Chalk said that's something his teams have had to deal with in the past.
"It's funny because a few years ago we'd get a ball knocked away from us - or something like that would happen - and (assistant coach Joey) Thacker would always say, 'They're out-muscling us.' Now we are the ones who are stronger and making plays.
"Our work in the weight room is paying off for us. We've worked really hard at becoming a stronger team."
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